Dhaka - Azhar Ali hit a career-best 173 not out as Pakistan moved to a
commanding 428-4 by lunch on the second day of the second and final Test
against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Thursday.
Pakistan lost skipper
Misbah-ul Haq in the day's second over, bowled by Shakib Al Hasan for
nine, before a run had been added to the overnight score of 323 for
But Asad Shafiq, who was unbeaten on 58 at the break, and
Azhar denied the hosts another wicket in the morning session by adding
105 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket.
The 30-year-old Azhar, who
had been reprieved by a no-ball on the first day after being caught in
the slips off seamer Mohammad Shahid, has so far hit 17 boundaries.
twice fallen for 157 earlier in his 41-Test career, Azhar reached his
highest score by edging off-spinner Shuvagata Hom just past
wicket-keeper and captain Mushfiqur Rahim for a boundary.
Shafiq's fluent knock so far has contained five fours and a six.
seamer Shahadat Hossain sidelined with a knee injury after bowling just
two balls in the match's first over on Wednesday, Bangladesh were
handicapped by a depleted attack.
Of the nine bowlers used by the
hosts - skipper Rahim and Tamim Iqbal were the only ones who did not
turn their arms over - Shahid was the most impressive with figures of
two for 55 in 28 overs.
On Wednesday, Younis Khan made 148 during a third-wicket stand of 250 with Azhar after Pakistan had slipped to 58-2.
are looking for their first win at the end of the month-long tour where
they were routed 3-0 in the one-day series and also lost a Twenty20
international for the first time against Bangladesh.
The first Test ended in a draw in Khulna last week.